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Tribesports User of the Week: Bridget C


Posted by Bridget C under Running, Fitness & Training on 3 July 2013 at 11:00 PM

Bridget M profileWhat has been your toughest Tribesports Challenge and which are you most proud of?

As a relative newbie to the fitness scene there is so much on here that challenges me but the one that felt the toughest at the time was running 50km in one week coupled with running 150km that same month, especially as I had only been running 3 months. One I didn't know if I would get through, but did, was completing 100 constant chair dips and the one I fear I will never complete is getting 7 hours of sleep every night this week! 

The Challenge I am most proud of is running my first half marathon.  From the original thought/wish to the planning and training then actually completing is one of the most amazing feelings, something I will never forget.  A very close 2nd is the elation of running my 1st 10km and getting PB's.

With a name like @runningmum, it's pretty clear how you spend a lot of your time, how do you balance your family and sport?

With a tight schedule and planning! I'll time a run to finish at the school gates in time to pick up the kids on their scooters, sometimes go early in the morning when everyone is still sleeping but I also do a lot of incidental exercise when at home, walking lunges while tidying up, chair dips while waiting on the microwave, crunches while watching TV etc.  I know I have set times each week when I can go out alone and just have to use them every time, no matter what and, of course, including your family and sport time into one activity is two birds with one stone!

Love that you use your kids as resistance when training - what's more fun: running with the buggy or using your kids as weights?

Squat your kidsUsing the kids as weights hands down.  They think it's just play time and we have heaps of giggles... with the occasional head butt to the nose/knee to the ribs that I have to shake off!  Running with the buggy is a necessity some days and helps keep my training on track when life gets busy but it's never a pleasure.  I do feel proud for getting out there and doing it anyway and try to think of it as "speedwork in disguise".

With 2 half marathons confidently ticked off, what's the next race for you?

I have my next half coming up on the 11th of August and hope to complete a 4th one later this year.  I have also started looking just this week at a 28km and a 32km before the end of the year as my husband has challenged us to a full marathon together next year.  He loves sport but is not a runner and thinks he can beat me so I want to test out my resolve after 21km before I tell him I can beat him!  I had never imagined wanting to run more than a half but now the wonder of how far I could go is sitting in the back of my mind and seeing people on here training for and running marathons and ultras is super inspiring.

15kg is an amazing amount of weight to lose, what's worked best for you for getting your pre-baby body back?

Bridget M I expected it to take time and did my best to not let myself feel bad about not being "perfect"about it as I wanted a new lifestyle with permanent changes, not a short term fix.  The tried and true method of 'eat less, move more' obviously came into play but I think food choices plays a huge part.  I did not have a strict eating plan but just made a series of little decisions all the time, for example do I want wine or dessert, am I actually hungry or just thirsty or tired?  Keeping a food diary is an absolute must as you can look back if you need some tweaking in your habits and it lets you see what you have really eaten as opposed to what you think you ate.  Being prepared so you have healthy, quick, filling options available and drinking enough water are also key.  Be kind to yourself along the way too, celebrate little successes, allow yourself to relax then get back on track and be proud of yourself.

What's your favourite body weight exercise and which is your secret nemesis?

Nemesis = burpees, no surprise there.  I love squats, chair dips and crunches and would probably say chair dips are my most favourite as they have given me much stronger arms (while the rest of me is covered pretty well by the running) and you can do them anywhere.

Where in the world would you most like to complete a Challenge?

In reality, I have hopes of running the circumference of Rarotonga, 32km, in a few years.  In my dreams, the Paris Marathon would combine my two big loves of wine and racing :)

Which Tribesports users make your day?

Bridget M running half marathonI love being in contact with people doing the same challenges as you or who have the same goals and chatting with them but the people I can always guarantee on for huge support are Jane H (who makes fab Challenges too) & Murray S and I get a lot of encouragement and inspiration from Candida B, Eunice Y & Teresa D as well.  I wish I could mention everyone who has made my day in some way but the TS community and site as a whole have helped change my life in so many ways for which I am so grateful.  I feel like I am finally becoming the real me and the accountability and inspiration I get from here is perfect.

What's your favourite quote?

I love collecting quotes and these ones help me focus - 

"She believed she could, so she did."

"It never gets easier, you just get better" 

"You've got what it takes, but it will take everything you've got"

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, either way you're right" - Henry Ford